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EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s data collection

Competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are now looking into how dominant tech companies use and monetise data.

The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to Google’s collection and use of data. EU’s focus is on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.

Source: Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google’s data collection – Reuters

EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is carrying out an investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary election.

The EDPS is actively engaged in seeking solutions to the challenges of online manipulation in elections. Data protection plays a fundamental role in ensuring electoral integrity and must therefore be treated as a priority in the planning of any election campaign.

Source: EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions | European Data Protection Supervisor

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

Microsoft said it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules. It raised concerns about compliance in October.

Source: Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe – Reuters

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns

Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between EU institutions and the tech giant this April, following changes to rules governing EU outsourcing.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over the compliance of the relevant contractual terms with data protection rules and the role of Microsoft as a processor for EU institutions using its products and services.

Source: EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns, says watchdog | TechCrunch

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies

A U.S. senator Wyden is giving the four telecommunications companies until Sept. 4 to outline how they plan to better protect customer data privacy.

Wyden said that current rules that are in place that surround data retention are not enough, and that the telecom companies have been able to skirt them. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires carriers to keep records of toll calls for 18 months, for instance – but Wyden alleges that firms retain records “for much longer.”

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies | Threatpost

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

IAB Europe refuses to answer questions from Irish Data Protection Commission arising from formal GDPR complaint by Brave’s Dr Ryan against IAB Europe’s “forced consent” and consent walls.

The Irish Data Protection Commission informed Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, the private web browser, that IAB Europe has ignored its questions concerning his GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s unlawful cookie wall.

Source: IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

On August 8, representatives of the global community of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities issued a joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network.

Data protection authorities may individually follow up with Libra with more specific questions as the proposals and service offering develops.

Source: Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network | European Data Protection Supervisor

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